Saturday, August 6, 2016

366 Project - Day 219 - "First Saturdays (Immaculate Heart of Mary)"

August 06, 2016 - "First Saturdays (Immaculate Heart of Mary)"

Today is the "First Saturday" for the month of August. In the Catholic Church the first Saturday of each month is part of a devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Catholics who participate in this devotion will go to Confession, attend Mass and receive Communion on the first Saturday of the month for five consecutive months - specifically in reparation for the insults and blasphemies that have occurred against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Each of the five months corresponds to a specific blasphemy:

1) Blasphemies against her Immaculate Conception.
2) Blasphemies against her Perpetual Virginity.
3) Blasphemies against her place as the Mother of God and Holy Mother of us all.
4) The sins of those who try publicly to implant in children's hearts indifference, contempt and even hatred against our Immaculate Mother.
5) In reparation for those who insult Our Lady directly or against her holy images.

In addition to going to Confession, attending Mass and receiving Communion, Catholics participating in this devotion must also pray the Rosary and, separately, spend at least 15 minutes meditating on the Mysteries of the Rosary.

How did this devotion begin? In 1925 the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Sister Lucia in Pontevedra, Spain. Sister Lucia had been one of the three children (the others being her cousins Jacinta and Francisco) who were visited by the Blessed Virgin in Fatima, Portugal.

When the Blessed Virgin Mary visited Sister Lucia in 1925 she requested this devotion in reparation to her Immaculate Heart. Our Lady promised to assist at the hour of death with the graces necessary for salvation, all those who practice this devotion faithfully on five successive First Saturdays.

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I have a special devotion to both the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Being as today is the First Saturday of the month, my morning has been spent at the church and in prayer.

"Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us, now and at the hour of our death. Amen."

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